At Pro Bono Net, we are a dedicated and diverse team of individuals with the belief that technology is key to bringing the power of the law to all.

Our Staff

Mark O’Brien
Executive Director

Mark O'Brien is the co-founder and Executive Director of Pro Bono Net, a national nonprofit that increases access to justice for the poor and other vulnerable populations through innovative uses of technology, collaboration and volunteer mobilization. Founded in 1998, Pro Bono Net has built web platforms to support public interest lawyers, build broad based justice partnerships, and empower people in need to solve their own legal problems. Prior to starting Pro Bono Net, Mark spent eight years building a nationally recognized pro bono program at Davis Polk. He is a Senior Fellow of the Institute for Technology Law & Policy at Georgetown University Law Center, where he co-teaches the Technology, Innovation, and Law Practice Practicum. Mark was named a 2012 FastCase 50 honoree for his contributions to the legal technology field.

Liz Keith
Program Director

Liz has played a key role in Pro Bono Net’s program strategy for more than a decade. She joined Pro Bono Net as a LawHelp Circuit Rider, working with legal aid programs in 25 states to build online resources to increase access to legal help for low income communities. As Program Director, Liz now manages strategic initiatives and programs at Pro Bono Net that equip individuals and communities with new tools to tackle civil justice problems. Previously, Liz managed outreach and education efforts at the Maine Women’s Policy Center on legislation impacting women’s health, civil rights, economic security and freedom from violence, and worked to increase the number of women running for office. She holds a master's degree in community informatics from the University of Michigan, and has served as a consultant to digital inclusion initiatives in Haiti and Chile. In 2015, she was selected to participate in the inaugural Legal Empowerment Leadership program at Central European University’s School of Public Policy. Liz hails from South Jersey originally and now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Rodrigo Camarena
Director, Immigration Advocates Network

Rodrigo Camarena is the Director of the Immigration Advocates Network, the largest network of nonprofit legal advocates committed to defending immigrants. Rodrigo was formerly Strategy Director at Purpose where he developed advocacy campaigns, digital products and brand strategies for global change-makers like the Ford Foundation, UNICEF, and Prior to Purpose, Rodrigo developed new initiatives to tackle economic inequality as Executive Director of Business Growth Programs for the City of New York. Rodrigo is also the former Executive Director of the Mixteca Organization - an immigrant rights organization based in Sunset Park Brooklyn.

Mark J. McGrath
Chief Development Officer

Mark joined the team at Pro Bono Net in May of 2016. Previously he worked as a consultant with a wide variety of non-profit organizations leading their development efforts. Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Hale House Center, and The International Center for Transitional Justice are few of the organizations Mark has had helped raise funds to supporting their work over the past few years. Prior to his work as fundraising counsel, Mark gained valuable experience leading the development departments of a variety of New York organizations which include Continuum Health Partners, Inc., United Hospital Fund and United Way of New York City. Mark resides in Manhattan and is based in the New York office.

Doug Carlson
Director of Technology & Operations

Doug's background includes leading both technology and operations for a range of companies in the tech, services, and non-profit spaces. He has served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Technology Officer for a number of firms, with a focus on startups and high growth organizations. Doug founded and built a 100 person Internet technologies firm, running it for eight years before selling it to a publicly traded firm. He recently completed a four-year consulting engagement with Teach For America, revamping their HR, recruiting, and financial operations, implementing new core corporate systems, and helping them build out and mature their technology operations.

Paul Bennett
Director of Finance & Administration

Paul coordinates the financial, human resource, and administrative support functions at Pro Bono Net. Paul has almost two decades of nonprofit finance experience as a financial consultant and manager. His claim to minor fame was to lead the research on the IRS form 990 that resulted in the Financial SCAN product from Guidestar. Prior to Pro Bono Net, Paul served as the Director of Finance and Administration at Hunger Free America and the Chief Financial Officer of the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute. Paul also served as a consultant at the Nonprofit Finance Fund where he served as a Senior Consultant and Director of Analytics, amongst other roles. Paul has taught “Advanced Excel” as an adjunct professor at NYU and is an alumni of the Coro Fellows Program. Paul is a Certified Nonprofit Accounting Professional.

Quisquella Addison
Program Director, LawHelpNY

Quisquella joined Pro Bono Net in July 2016. Previously, she worked as a Staff Attorney at the Legal Aid Society focusing primarily on eviction defense. She began her legal career as an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow with Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc. and LiveHelp Program Coordinator at LawHelpNY. Prior to law school, Quisquella was the Constituent Services Director for New York State Senator Eric Schneiderman. She also lived abroad for several years in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic where she taught and volunteered with a local women’s law project, Centro de Servicios Legales para la Mujer (CENSEL). She received her JD from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and received a self-tailored B.A. in Ethnic Studies from Mount Holyoke College. She was a 2012 Council of Urban Professionals Fellow, holds a Certificate in Corporate Compliance from Fordham University School of Law and is a Certified Mediator. Originally from Boston, she currently lives in New York City.

Tim Baran
Program Manager, LawHelpNY

Tim joined Pro Bono Net in June 2018. His two-decade journey in the legal space has taken him from the Federal Courts to Law Firm Library Director to Legal Tech Ambassador to Legal Marketing. He works closely with legal services and community-based organizations and manages initiatives that leverage technology and LawHelpNY’s online resources to expand access to legal assistance for low-income and vulnerable communities and strengthen collaboration within the civil justice sector in New York. His LawHelpNY work with Pro Bono Net engages his passion for access to justice and love of community. He’s an avid podcaster - listening and hosting - but please don’t hold that against him. Tim likes to travel but loves coming back to Manhattan, his home for more than 20 years.

Connie Cheng
Field Support Associate, Immigration Advocates Network

Connie joined the Immigration Advocates Network in August 2018. She is passionate about building the capacity of immigrant communities. While in college, she directed a naturalization assistance program for Chinese immigrants in Greater Boston. Connie previously interned at the National Partnership for New Americans and the Asian American Legal Defense & Education Fund. She received a B.A. in Economics from Harvard University and now lives with her college roommate, and their fish, in New York City.

Jessica Darling
Development Associate

Jessica joined Pro Bono Net in June 2018. She was previously the Development and Communications intern for Pro Bono Net throughout the spring of 2018. Jessica recently graduated from Pace University with a B.A. in Communications as well as with a minor in Marketing. She enjoys volunteering, writing, and exploring the city in her spare time. Originally from New Hampshire, Jessica now happily lives in Manhattan.

Abigail Eusebio
Finance & Administration Manager

Abigail fully joined Pro Bono Net in March 2017 after working as a consultant on the LawHelpNY’s website. Abigail’s background includes both technology and operations for companies in tech, government, and professional services institutions. Prior to Pro Bono Net, Abigail worked on technical and digital media projects, which ranged from immigration to housing and recruitment. Abigail held a City Council (elected) position in the Philippines before moving to the U.S. to finish her studies. Abigail holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Economics from the University of San Francisco. In addition to being a Certified Nonprofit Accounting Professional, Abigail also holds a certificate in Data Science. An avid runner, Abigail pledges to finish at least a half marathon every year in support of a nonprofit cause.

Kevin Freyne
Quality Engineer, ProBono.Net & LawHelp

Kevin joined Pro Bono Net full-time in November 2007, and now serves as the QA Engineer. Prior to joining Pro Bono Net, he worked for Plural Inc and Dell Professional Services (DPS). Kevin received an A.S. degree in Business Management from the Borough of Manhattan Community College in December 2007. In his spare time, Kevin is an avid (but not very good) golfer. He lives in New York City.

Jacquelyn Gitzes
Development Officer

Jax joined Pro Bono Net in January of 2015 as the Development Associate, based in the New York office. With an M.A. in International Relations and Diplomacy from Seton Hall University, she specializes in nonprofit development and communications with a passion for human rights and access to justice. During her graduate studies she interned at Physicians for Human Rights and Immigration Equality. She also holds a B.A. in International Relations from Ursinus College in PA.

Mike Grunenwald
Program Manager, ProBono.Net & LawHelp

Mike joined Pro Bono Net in March 2015. Previously, Mike worked for several years at the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program, where he served as the lead on a variety of technology initiatives, including management of the and websites and development of interactive interviews on the LawHelp Interactive platform. Mike has a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, an M.A. in Philosophy from Vanderbilt University, and a B.A. summa cum laude in Political Science and Philosophy from the University of Dayton, where he also taught philosophy courses for several years. Mike lives in Dayton, Ohio with his wife and their twin boys.

Kanchana Hegde
Quality Engineer, LawHelp Interactive & Pro Bono Manager

Kanchana joined Pro Bono Net in January 2013 after previously working with a start-up pharmaceutical company in India, and in California as a QA tester. Kanchana earned her Bachelor's degree in Science from India, and was a part of the certificate program at Hudson County School of Technology on Inclusive Education. She lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

Claudia Johnson
Program Manager, LawHelp Interactive

Claudia is the Program Manager for LawHelp Interactive at Pro Bono Net. Under her stewardship LHI has grown to be the largest and most used online form platform in the US. In this capacity Claudia supports a network of legal nonprofits, Pro Bono Programs, and other groups creating, funding, and using online forms to improve their work and make it better for those without lawyers to create legal documents for free. Claudia practiced public interest law for 15 years in CA and Philadelphia before joining Pro Bono Net, including being a Managing Attorney at Bay Area Legal Aid, and Supervising Attorney at the Bar Association of SF, where she worked to establish the lawyer for the day program in SF Superior Court in 2002/2003. She participates in multiple advisory boards including the ATJ Fellows Program, to Dean Ted Ruger's New Innovation Center, and Penn's Toll Public Interest Center. She also is a member of the tech committee for the ATJ Board in Washington State. She has been recognized throughout her career for her contributions, most recently receiving the Promoter of Justice Award by the WA ATJ Board. She has also received the Fastcase 50, and Women in Law. She has an MPP/MPH from UC Berkeley and a BA from the same university. She graduated from Penn Law and was a Skadden Fellow from 1997-1999. Claudia is bi-coastal spending time both in Eastern WA and Maryland.

Aimee Latorre
LiveHelp Program Coordinator, LawHelpNY

Aimee Latorre joined Pro Bono Net in February 2018. She previously founded Empowering Resolutions, where she advised employers on the hiring and management of household staff. Aimee previously worked as an Associate at Kasowitz, Benson, Torres Friedman LLP, Coudert Brothers LLP, with a focus on commercial, employment and bankruptcy-related litigation. Aimee is a Certified Mediator, and throughout her private practice actively engaged in pro bono work including immigration matters, as well as serving as a community and court mediator. Aimee received her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and B.A. in Political Science from Fordham College at Rose Hill. Aimee is based in New York City.

Patricia Malone
Associate Director, Immigration Advocates Network

Pat brings nearly 20 years immigration law and project management experience to her role as Associate Director of the Immigration Advocates Network. She helps manage staff and programs; and, writes legal content for IAN's online resources. Pat previously worked at Catholic Legal Immigration Network. (CLINIC), where she managed local outreach projects, represented immigrants in proceedings, trained and supported immigration practitioners, and recruited pro bono counsel to represent immigrant children. Prior to CLINIC, she worked at Proyecto Libertad in Harlingen, Texas and AYUDA in Washington, D.C. Her interest in the work comes from a strong sense of history, and a passion for social justice.

Mirenda Meghelli
Partnerships Manager, LawHelp Interactive

Mirenda Meghelli serves as the Partnerships Manager at Pro Bono Net. She previously worked as the Hotline Program Coordinator for Legal Information for Families Today (LIFT) in New York City, where she managed the organization's bilingual telephone and email family law information hotlines. Before LIFT, Mirenda worked as a staff attorney at the Bronx Defenders within the organization's Family Defense Practice. She received her B.A. in History from University of Pennsylvania and earned her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. Mirenda lives in the Washington, DC area and enjoys yoga, her instant pot, and travel.

Jessica Penkoff
Pro Bono & Strategic Initiatives Coordinator

Jessica (“Jess”) joined in March 2018 as Pro Bono & Strategic Initiatives Coordinator. She spearheads current pro bono initiatives and partnerships, and coordinates project management of new initiatives. Previously, Jess worked as a Senior Staff Attorney providing eviction defense to low-income tenants in Brooklyn (CAMBA Legal Services), as well as a Staff Attorney serving homeowners affected by Superstorm Sandy (NYLAG). She is proud to have volunteered with Sanctuary for Families and the Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Greater New York (Le-Gal) to expand access to justice for homeless/at-risk LGBTQ youth through a weekly walk-in legal clinic in the West Village. She was born and raised in the sunshine and ocean breezes of Southern California, where she earned her B.A. from U.C.L.A. in 2007. In 2009, she moved to NYC to attend Fordham University School of Law, where she earned her J.D. in 2012.

Alice Pucheu
Project Manager, ProBono.Net, LawHelp & LawHelp Interactive
Alice Pucheu is a project manager at Pro Bono Net, Inc (PBN) managing the tech work of ProBono.Net, LawHelp, and LawHelp Interactive. At PBN she has lead redesigns, rebrands, and remodels of websites, IT systems, company infrastructures, and the NY office. With a 'the show must go on' mentality cultivated by years as a professional dancer and puppeteer, Alice often steps into the roles of business analyst, UX/UI designer, product manager, and tech lead. Away from her computer she teaches yoga at Lyons Den Power Yoga and continues to support the arts as a producer, general manager, and performer. Alice is a proud alumna of Hunter College and The Ailey School, an E-RYT-200 certified yoga teacher, and currently pursuing her RYT-500 certification (completion 02/2020). Although happily living as a New Yorker, she holds her Louisiana upbringing close to her heart.
Jeanne Ortiz-Ortiz
Legal Fellow, Disaster Response

Jeanne is a bilingual attorney and helps spearhead national disaster relief projects to empower the public with legal information and self-help tools, equip public interest advocates with resources to support their work on disaster relief and recovery, mobilize legal volunteers, and build national capacity around disaster legal aid. Before joining Pro Bono Net, Jeanne worked as a legal fellow at the Central Alabama Fair Housing Center and provided free legal representation and employment discrimination litigation on behalf of low-income LGBT individuals in Puerto Rico. She drafted proposals for the Puerto Rico Police Department on police intervention with the LGBT community and founded an award-winning Ms. JD chapter in her school to network over 200 law students and provide them with professional development resources. For three years, she led pro bono workshops around reproductive rights to low-income communities in Puerto Rico.

Simon Rah
Senior Project Manager, Immigration Advocates Network

Simon joined Pro Bono Net in September 2015 as a Senior Project Manager. He has been working in the IT field for over fifteen years in various capacity from programmer, statistician and systems analyst to project manager and department director. Over the years, he has worked primarily with non-profits, government and community-based organizations, helping them build and implement IT solutions to support their important work. He earned a Bachelor's in Cognitive and Linguistic Sciences from Brown University and a Master's in Experimental Psychology at C.U.N.Y. Before moving into IT, he taught undergraduate psychology courses for about 6 years and fantasizes about going back one day. He is a fan of media, especially video games, that combine his love of technology, art and story. His time working at ESRB fed his addiction and probably did not help his social life any.

Rafael Ramirez
Community Support Associate, ProBono.Net & LawHelp Interactive

Joining Pro Bono Net in June 2016, Rafael comes from a background in Arts Administration and Information Technology, bringing his experience in service, project management and technology from both, for profit and nonprofit organizations as Community Support Associate. Prior to joining Pro Bono Net, Rafael worked at Nespresso, Macktez and Citi, in the fields of Information Technology and Compliance. A graduate of Indiana University, he holds a Master of Music degree. In his ongoing journey of growth and expansion, he enjoys the practice of mindfulness and exploration of consciousness. Rafael was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico and currently lives in New York City’s metro area.

Ken Ramsey
Program Coordinator, Immigration Advocates Network

Ken joined Pro Bono Net in 2011 as the Program Coordinator for Immigration Advocates Network. Prior to that, Ken worked as an Associate Director and Program Specialist for Church World Service's Immigration and Refugee Program and provided direct services to newly-arrived refugees as a Case Manager with Ecumenical Refugee Services in Denver, Colorado. Ken also lived abroad for several years in the Czech Republic, Thailand, and Poland as an English instructor and worked for an indigenous rights organization, Cultural Survival, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology. Ken lives in Montclair, New Jersey with his wife and two cats.

Nora Rosati
Associate Product Manager, LawHelp

Nora joined the LawHelp team in February 2018. She previously worked at Opportunity@Work where she supported the TechHire initiative, a national network of communities creating pathways for underrepresented Americans to learn skills and gain access to technical jobs. Nora has a B.A. in Philosophy and a minor in Computer Science from Georgetown University.

Sandra Sandoval Chavarria
Citizenshipworks Program Manager, Immigration Advocates Network

Sandra joined the Immigration Advocates Network in October 2013. As Citizenshipworks Program Manager, Sandra leads strategy implementation and assists in product development of Citizenshipworks – a free online tool that helps individuals apply for citizenship. Prior to joining IAN, Sandra worked with San Antonio Immigrant Youth Movement (SAIYM), a youth-led movement to empower undocumented youth by providing resources, tools, and guidance to help navigate the higher education system. Sandra is a graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio and received an MPA from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.

Jessica Stuart
Product Manager, Pro Bono Manager

Jessica joined the Pro Bono Net team in August 2008, working first as LawHelp Program Associate and now as Product Manager for Pro Bono Manager. Prior to joining Pro Bono Net, Jessica lived in Los Angeles and worked for a major motion picture company on the rebuild of a B2B Asset Management application used by a number of different internal and external stakeholders. She now enjoys applying her interest in operations to helping law firms use technology to make their pro bono programs run more efficiently. Jessica earned her B.A. in Communication Processes from the University of Connecticut, and now lives in New York City.

Greg Tenzer
Senior Developer, LawHelp Interactive

Greg joined Pro Bono Net in July 2012. He has close to 14 years of experience working on a variety of different online solutions ranging from straight e-commerce sites to custom online services like roommate/apartment matching for long and short term stays. Other industry experience includes lead generation and various intranet systems. Greg was born and raised in northern New Jersey and has been living in NYC the past 5 years.

Jillian Theil
Field Support and Training Coordinator, ProBono.Net

Jillian provides guidance and support to Pro Bono Net teams by dissecting complex challenges. She love translating this into the user-centered development of technology products, services and programs for social good. She’s worked on a number of issue areas, from helping women understand the health effects of a medical procedure to improving the delivery of legal services for marginalized communities to assisting disaster relief volunteers. Jillian is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and is based in San Francisco.

Sebastian Zavala
Program Manager, Immigration Advocates Network

Sebastian joined the Immigration Advocates Network in May 2015. After law school he became an adjudications officer for USCIS, interviewing applicants for naturalization and permanent residency. He also served as a programs director for Catholic Charities of the East Bay and the International Institute of the Bay Area (IIBA), increasing the capacity of legal programs to serve low income clients through technology, efficient volunteer management, and cultivating the next generation of immigration advocates. Sebastian is one of the founding members of the East Bay Naturalization Collaborative, the Bay Area DACA Collaborative and the Horn of African Human Rights Network. Sebastian received a B.A. in Raza Studies with an emphasis in behavioral and social sciences from San Francisco State University. He received his J.D. from Arizona State University, with the highest pro bono distinctions. Sebastian lives in Oakland, California with his wife and dog.